Poker News Report
Global Poker Index to Power WPT Player of the Year Award
It's been a busy week for Alex Dreyfus and the Global Poker Index (GPI). On Wednesday, Aug. 6, the GPI and the World Poker Tour (WPT) announced an expansion of their already existing partnership. Dreyfus also revealed that the GPI inked a strategic ...
GPI and WPT Combine to Screw up Player of the Year LeaderboardPoker News Report
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The Times of Israel
Hamas plays a dangerous poker game in Cairo
The Times of Israel
Friday's resumption of hostilities may see Hamas overplay its hand in a dangerous poker game that could plunge Gaza back into chaos, analysts said. Palestinian terrorists fired two rockets at Israel in the final hours of a 72-hour truce and followed it ...
Hamas plays dangerous poker game in CairoYahoo News
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$100000 Jackpot Hit On Full Tilt Poker
After Full Tilt Poker introduced the $50 Jackpot Sit-and-Gos, it did not take long for three players to find themselves with the lucky chance to split the maximum $100,000 top prize. Since the new Jackpot Sit-and-Gos were just introduced on June 24 ...
Last Call to Claim Full Tilt Poker MoneyPokerfuse
Final Days to Get a Full Tilt Poker RefundOff Shore Gaming Assocation (blog)
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PokerStars.bg Becomes the First Legal Poker Site in Bulgaria
PokerStars became the very first licensed online poker site in Bulgaria on Friday as it officially launched its PokerStars.bg website. The poker room was already awarded a license to operate in Bulgaria by the State Gambling Commission in February, and ...
Timeline: PokerStars' Attempts to Join the Regulated US Online Poker Market
Widely lauded as the model online poker room by poker players around the globe, PokerStars has found US lawmakers and regulators far less enamored with their product, due in large part to PokerStars' decision to remain in the US market following the ...
PokerStars Launches Regulated iPoker Site In BulgariaOnline Poker.net
PokerStars 7 Integrated Release Now Available in Most MarketsPokerfuse
PokerStars Releases 2014 WCOOP SchedulePoker News Report
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by Joseph Smith Sr.
Beginning in 2012 the World Series of Poker has partnered with the One Drop Foundation and provided the world charity with $12,205,089 in donations. The One Drop Foundation is dedicated to providing clean, safe water to people around the world.
Through the efforts of Guy Laliberté the world's most expensive buy-in poker tournament became a reality. In 2012 the $1,000,000 buy-in “The Big One for One Drop” poker tournament headlined the WSOP summer event at the Rio in Las Vegas.
Guy Laliberté is the founder of Cirque du Soleil®, the live stage shows found at many of the major strip properties and filling seats with delighted Las Vegas show goers for years.
In addition to the “Big One” there is also a “Little One for One Drop” with a $1,111 buy-in. The 2014 “Little One” raised $499,056 while the “Big One” collected $4,666,662 for the One Drop Foundation. A third program, “All-In for One Drop” allows all players to donate a percentage of their winnings to the foundation and in 2014 they donated $107,329. The total for the 2014 efforts amounted to $5,273,047. Since 2012 the WSOP partnership with Guy Laliberté has collected and donated $12,205,089 to the One Drop Foundation.
Of note, Caesar's Entertainment, owner and operator of the World Series of Poker & WSOP brands does not take any of the revenues generated from the player's buy-ins. The entire amount goes to the foundation or into the prize pool. Additional millions more are donated through the covered cost of for the tournaments, TV production, marketing and contributed time from poker dealers, floor supervisors as well as registration and payout clerks.
The World Series of Poker along with the thousands of players has proven to be an outstanding, caring citizen of the world neighborhood. Providing a source of healthy water is just one on the good things that comes from this generosity.
Mid-States Poker Tour Visits Grand Falls Casino in Sioux Falls, SD from Aug. 9-17
The Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) will continue its fifth season this weekend at the Grand Falls Casino in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Starting on Saturday, Aug. 9, the series will kick off a weeklong schedule qualifiers before culminating on a $1,100 ...
At Branford's BB Shack, Poker Run Sunday to benefit Carl's Crusaders and Smilow
On the night that Stacey Hubbard had planned to meet with the organizers of the First Annual Poker Run to benefit Carl's Crusaders and the Smilow Cancer Hospital, she decided to stay home. It was the two-year anniversary of her husband Carl's death ...
by Joseph Smith Sr.
Most important fact coming out of the 2014 World Series of Poker at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas this summer? The increase in the number of entries of the 2014 Main Event at 6,683 making it the fifth largest Poker World Championship field of all-time and the largest seated combine of players since the 2010 Main Event attracted 7,319.
Some of the credit for the demonstrated growth in the latest WSOP summer meet must be attributed to the recent positive events surrounding the legalization of online poker rooms. While this trend towards legitimacy is a small step when compared to the popularity poker enjoyed during the 2004-2006 era it is a giant step for the poker industry.
There is no better barometer of poker's rise as the world's favorite game than the WSOP. Throughout its 45 year history the World Series of Poker is the one that every poker player dreams of winning. For many of poker's faithful just being able to say, “I played in the WSOP,” is more than reason enough to make the trek to Las Vegas and 2014 saw record numbers come to live the dream.
The following records from 2014 are now a point of fact in the WSOP history book:
Largest single day attendance at 7,977 in Event #8 $1,500 buy-in Millionaire Maker
Largest non-Hold'em event at 1,128 in Event #3 $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
Largest Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better at 1,036 in Event #14 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better
Largest Seniors Event at 4,425 players in Event #17 $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em
Largest Prize Pool for $1,000 Buy-in at $3,982,500 in Event #17 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em
Most Players for non-re-entry at 7,862 in Event #51 $1,500 Monster Stack
Largest Field for non-Hold'em $10K buy-in at 418 in Event 64 Pot-Limit Omaha
Most Events with $1 million+ winner's prize at 5 (events #8, #46, #51, #57, #65)
Most Events with $10 million+ prize pools at 4 (events #8, #51, #57, #65)
Largest Main Event starting flight at 3,768 players on Day 1C
We will continue to offer WSOP facts, figures, records and tall tales in future articles so stay tuned.
by Joseph Smith Sr.
Now that the 2014 World Series of Poker has completed all but 2 days of play we can look back at the the Big Poker Show and be amazed at how far the game has come. People in my age group that follow poker can recall with pride the pleasant memories of the WSOPs of bygone years.
The tall, thin man from Amarillo, Texas that not only won the $10,000 championship of poker (Main Event wasn't coined yet) but got himself an invite to the Johnny Carson Show. The nation watched in awe as this poker player entertained us with tales about those people that would play a card game that required a $10,000 buy-in. We were shocked they could find enough people to fill a single table and in 1972 the $10K championship event seated 8 players. Amarillo Slim did win and left with $80,000 because it was “winner take all.” Second place paid the same as last place – nothing!
It was the first time many of us young hometown poker players had ever heard the terms “freeze out,” or “Texas Hold'em.” We played real poker games that were generally limited to Draw Poker or Stud Poker and occasionally we even played Lo-ball depending on how much we had to drink that particular Thursday night. We also knew an indisputable fact, If you play poker with someone nicknamed after a city or state you would lose. This was the era of Texas Dolly, Amarillo Slim, Tree Top, Puggy and The Kid.
Now we move ahead forty-five years to the 2014 WSOP Main Event and realize there were 6,683 players with a $10,000 buy-in playing in same event. And for complete Shock and Awe, 42 players paid a $1 million buy-in to play in the 2014 WSOP Event #57, The Big One for One Drop.
2014 WSOP Statistical Overview